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On a recent stay in Kiev, I had an apartment near the top of Andrew’s Descent. St. Andrew’s dazzling green and white cupolas filled one window and another looked out over the neighborhood of Podil, the Dnieper, and beyond. While gazing across the river, I noticed a large hill nestled between neighborhoods, which clearly had a path atop it and…

I’m ignoring the key sights that all rightly agree are must-sees for Kiev: Pechersk Lavra Cave Complex, St Sophia’s, Maidan, Kreshatik Street, Andrew’s Descent, House of Chimera’s, and the Great Patriotic War Museum. Here is a great single-page list of ten wonderful, well-trodden sites in Kiev, which every tourist will probably want to see (note that Marinski Palace has been closed…

Here are some (mainly whimsical) things that I think Americans would do well to emulate from their Slavic brothers and sisters. 1. Underground tunnels that let you cross the street without stoplights or the dangers of traffic. They are generally lined with kiosks selling flowers, food, shoes, tickets to cultural shows, lingerie, books, and other necessaries. These “переходи” are especially useful…

Let’s stand for a moment outside this museum, which sits on a bluff overlooking Andreevsky’s Descent. To the right, over the trees, we can see the enchanting green cupolas of St. Andrews, and to the left, the cliffs that lead down the old city of Podil and the edge of a delightful little park, “Mosaic Cat Alley.” Although this museum…

I love Broadway and I know it’s absurd to compare America’s and Ukraine’s “Main Street.” But anyway, here goes: 1. On Kreshatik, Kievans amble, even during rush hour; on Broadway, it’s generally frowned upon to promenade at less than a frenetic pace. 2. On Kreshatik, when the sun comes out, everyone grabs an ice cream cone. It’s a delight to…

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    • On a recent stay in Kiev, I had an apartment near the top of Andrew’s Descent. St. Andrew’s dazzling green and white cupolas filled one window and another looked out over the neighborhood of Podil, the Dnieper, and beyond. While gazing across the river, I noticed a large hill nestled…

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